My parents had me later in life than was typical in the mid-1960s, something that brought me influences that differed with my peers. Film and music were just different at home than next door. And my dad, in particular, introduced me to Will Eisner, the cartoonist best known for The Spirit.
When I was a kid, Spirit comic books were out, republishing Eisner’s work in high-quality glossy publications that cost more than the typical comic book. Even though cartooning was my big hobby, there wasn’t always money for comic books, but my dad made sure I got at least a couple of issues from the newsstand at his bus stop.
Even after that 2008 movie, most of my friends today wouldn’t know the Spirit from Orphan Annie, but I’m glad I have some kindred spirits out there. At the Museum of Cartoon Art, Eisner’s work that reflected his affection for his hometown of New York City will be up, and a related exhibit will showcase work from cartoonists, from the 1940s to today, influenced by Eisner.